I told you that NBC got bitch-slapped by Univision last Wednesday in the 8 PM and 9 PM hours. Now comes the fallout: NBC’s unscripted show Chopping Block is being pulled from Wednesday’s primetime lineup at 8 PM after only 3 episodes aired. So reports James Hibberd, the excellent TV columnist. His sources say NBC informed affiliates Thursday PM that the reality series will bite the dust. (I tried watching it because I liked the BBC version Last Restaurant Standing, but NBC’s version featured Brit chef Marco Pierre White’s mumbling and fingerwagging.) The restaurant competition debuted poorly on March 12th, then plunged in the ratings with each week. Replacing it will be repeats of 2008 episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Now you can see I’m not the only one snarking about NBC’s failures. “NBC is fortunate to have Jay Leno’s 10 PM talk show in the fall considering how many slots are getting cleared out this season,” Hibberd notes. “Including Chopping Block, six series are not returning — Knight Rider, My Own Worst Enemy, Crusoe, Lipstick Jungle and ER. A couple midseason reality shows, Superstars of Dance and Momma’s Boys, are likely gone. Four others are looking pale and shaky — Friday Night Lights, Kath & Kim, Life, and Kings.”
OUCH! NBC Ratings Now Behind Univision
They came, they met, they didn’t decide to merge yet. I hear William Morris CEO Jim Wiatt was ”shaking”. He’s angry at how he’s being portrayed during these negotiations. (But, c’mon, what kind of leader doesn’t officially inform his staff until this morning there are merger talks underway even though they’re being played out … Read More »
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Marvel Studios has started a writers program. The goal is to put more than half a dozen film writers on staff, give them an office, and “work them like horses!” one of my sources says. I’ve confirmed this smart move. … Read More »
Reps for both agencies meet again this afternoon for a pivotal confab.
From what I’m told, the merger hangs on not just WMA CEO Jim Wiatt behaving but on the numbers disclosed. Do they make sense? Do the rewards outweigh the risks? Is more financial information needed? Is enough being provided?
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There is yet another erroneous blog post about me/DHD. Normally, I wouldn’t even bother to publicly respond. But the blogger is claiming to have interviewed me. This is false as well as the statements attributed to me. The blogger has taken my off-the-record “Umms” and “Hmms” and other noncommittal responses from one brief and casual conversation on … Read More »
The agenda for the next L.A. City Council meeting on March 31st “could shut down television production in Los Angeles” by creating permit timelines that would make it even more difficult for episodic TV and commercial production that typically work in a much tighter time … Read More »
NBC has launched what is being described to me as a “full security investigation” into the leak of that March 18th-dated “Consumer And Market Intelligence Research Summary” which I saw this weekend. ”It’s hysterical,” one insider emails. “Production services and legal are involved. (Do they work this hard to make good content?) A meeting … Read More »
Key dates were announced today for the 82nd Academy Awards. The big news was that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wished to avoid the closing ceremonies of NBC’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver:
Beverly Hills, CA (March 25, 2009) — The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented
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Tomorrow morning, actor Tim Daly, Co-President of The Creative Coalition, will testify before the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee on the positive impact that the entertainment and arts communities have on the nation’s economy. Daly’s testimony will “focus on arts and entertainment as vital business enterprises which play an … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that, for the past two weeks, meetings between partners of William Morris and Endeavor agencies have been fraught with tension. The reluctance now to merge isn’t on the WMA side because Jim Wiatt and Dave Wirtschafter are known to be eager for … Read More »
It starts in November. Variety‘s story today is a carbon copy of mine from January 30th, TBS Wants George Lopez Late Night Talk
Kudos to NBC Universal for not trying to claim that the research summary I reported for the network’s rough-cut pilot of its forthcoming sitcom Parks and Recreation was fake. Instead, Ben Silverman defended the mockumentary which stars Amy Poehler and comes from The Office‘s Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, … Read More »
From what I can glean from insiders, no one covering or editing showbiz at the Los Angeles Times was laid off on Black Monday. Unless it was kept very, very quiet. But the entertainment beat staff look safe for now.
I called Warner Bros early today for confirmation when I heard that Barry Meyer and Alan Horn had re-upped their contracts. And I was lied to by Warner Bros. Just like I was lied to by the studio last summer when … Read More »
Kudos to New Moon‘s Summit Entertainment and director Chris Weitz for bringing on board award-winning casting director Rene Haynes who is well-known for her work on Native projects ranging from Dances With Wolves to Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. Each member of the wolf pack she cast is of … Read More »